Stingray Skills – 19th November 2017 – Southampton
Star took a team of 15 divers to compete at Stingray Skills in Southampton on 19th November. This is an event for new up and coming divers and it was the first or second time representing the club for most of the team. Despite their inexperience the team dominated the competition winning all 3 events and bringing home a whopping 10 medals.
Annabella Higgins smashed the age 8-9 event scoring 8s and 8.5s on her first 3 divers and 9.5 on her final dive, a near perfect pike jump to take the Gold, with the highest score of the day. Tegan Fookes was hot on Annabella’s heels scoring a 9 on her first dive to finish just two points behind to get the silver medal. Mia Barnes did some brilliant dives to take a medal for finishing 5th and Louisa Mackie got a great 9th place in her first competition.
Max Todd dominated the 14-16 group with a consistent performance never scoring less than a 7, he topped the rankings to take the gold medal.
The 10-13 age group was a big one with 28 competitors but the star team didn’t let this stop them. Arabella Wilson was crowned champion having produced some lovely dives. Leo Bontempo, Ayisha Durbar and Thomas McMurray all took joint bronze, it was the first competition for both Thomas and Ayisha so we look forward to seeing great things from them in the future. Lily Coulson took the 7th place medal just 0.5 behind 3rd and Ella Westhead was our final medallist in 8th. Piper McLachlen finished in 12th, Katie Pye 15th, Georgie Williams 18th and Amelie Grey 20th.
Well done to all the divers on their brilliant results. We look forward to seeing them progressing onto Regional Skills level next year.
Talent Games 18th-19th November 2017 – Leeds
Star had two divers competing at Talent Games in Leeds. This event bring together the best divers aged 11 and under in the country to compete in both dryland and the pool under the watchful eyes of the England Talent Squad selectors, to find the most talented young divers for the England Talent Z Squad.
The divers compete on dryland first which includes 8 gruelling strength tests, a gymnastics floor routine and dryboard skills. Caitlin Maytham and Lily Chandler had their work cut out for them in a huge group of 35 girls. Caitlin performed fantastically in dryland, showing off her strength and flexibility she impressed in the strength testing with a flawless handstand and had one of the highest scoring floor routines of the day to finish an excellent 5th. Lily Chandler also had a good event to take 9th place.
On the Sunday the divers took to the boards in the pool, where they compete on 1m springboard, 3m platform and 3m springboard. Lily showed herself to be a class above the rest, dominating the pool event. Her 3m lines were brilliant and she got near perfect scores on 7 out of 8 dives having disappeared without a splash. Lily took the gold, 9 points ahead of her nearest competitor having topped the leaderboard in both 3m events. Caitlin who is one of our new TID divers and has only been in a squad a year and a half impressed as well to take 15th place in the pool.
The girls finished with an overall ranking of 4th for Lily and 7th for Caitlin, which is a fantastic achievement.
Following her brilliant performance Lily has been selected to join the England Talent Z Squad for 2018/2019. She is the 7th Star diver to have been selected to join the program since it started in 2013.
South East ESSA Qualifier – 14th October 2017 – Reading
Five Star divers attended the South East ESSA event in Reading, where divers are aiming to make the top 3 in their age group to qualify for the team representing the South East at the English Schools Finals in December.
Lily Chandler was up first in primary girls and had an excellent competition scoring 7s on several dives to take 2nd place and securing her place in the finals team. The junior girls and boys were up next with Tilly, Natalia and Wilfred competing for Star. Tilly dominated her event performing far more difficult dives than the rest of the field and took the title with ease. Natalia Ivanov showed her recent improvement to finish 2nd and qualify for the team for finals. Wilfred Johnson put in a consistent performance to take 2nd place and will be joining the girls in the South East team in December.
Our final diver was Johannes Coetzee in Intermediate boys, it was his first competition of this level and his first time competing a list on 3m, but he held his own to take 6th against some very stiff opposition.
Well done to Lily, Tilly, Natalia and Wilfred who will compete at finals at Stratford in December with head coach Stephen Hewat who has been selected as a South East team coach.
Armada Cup - 11th-14th February 2017 - Plymouth
The Star Diving Elite Squad spent their half term in Plymouth competing at the Armada Cup, the first big National Elite level competition of the year. The team performed fantastically with every member of the team made at least one final. In total they made 11 finals (top 6) and brought home 3 gold, 2 silver & 3 bronze medals.
Freya Kelly dominated the girls 11 and under age group, she won every prelim and was at least 20 points ahead of the rest of the field on each board. She impressed in all 3 finals to easily take gold on 1m, 3m and platform. It was a brilliant start to the season for the newly selected England Talent Squad diver and we are looking forward to seeing great things from Freya throughout the rest of the year.
Patrick Hanlon, another member of the England Talent Squad showed his metal toughness in this event, having picked up a thumb injury in training the week before he was unable to compete on platform but made up for it with an exceptional performance on 3m, he won the boys 11 and under prelim with a massive PB of 50 points and produced an excellent forward two and a half piked which scored 8s to take silver in the final. He also picked up a bronze medal on 1m.
Georgia Adams was competing in a huge group of 30 divers in the 14-15 age group, she smashed her platform competition, qualifying for the final in 5th place and then went on to improve this in the final producing a beautiful inward 2 ½ somersaults from 7.5m to take the bronze medal. Georgia also took 7th & 9th on 3m & 1m. Anna Wilson competing in the same age group had a brilliant 1m event qualifying for the final where she finished 6th and taking 14th and 21st on 3m and platform.
Tilly Brown had a great synchro event with her partner Jessie Millham from Southend, the girls had only had two training sessions together but managed to take the silver medal in the 13 and under 1m synchro. Tilly also finalled on platform where she got 6th place and took 11th in both springboard events.
Charlotte Lacourarie and Celeste Savage were competing in the girls 16 and over for the first time, they made 3 finals between them with Charlotte taking bronze on 3m and Celeste 5th on 3m and 6th on platform.
Albatross Interclub – 19th June 2016 – Reading
The Star Diving Skills and Novice team impressed at Albatross Interclub in Reading, with the divers medaling in every event they entered and 7 out of the 9 divers getting a medal. The team won 1 gold, 3 silver & 1 bronze medal as well as two other top 6 medals. The club finished 3rd in the team event an excellent result considering the top two teams had 25 or more divers and Star were only a few points behind.
Lily Chandler is on a roll, having won the last 4 competitions in a row, she continued her run of success to once again take the title in the girls 10-11 event. Lily outshone the competition with two of her dives scoring 8s and 8.5s from the judges. Scarlett Winter showed big improvement from last year and put her new 3m list to good use to take the bronze medal.
Ollie Clucas produced some fantastic dives to take silver in the boys 12-13 competition, less than 1 point away from 1st. He made good use of his new inward one and a half somersaults on 3m, the most difficult dive competed in his age group to score 35 points as well as getting 7s and 8s on most of his dives. Cole Xiberras came 16th in the same event.
Anna Merlini and Meurig Puerto were competing in the girls and boys 14-15 age group both came away with silver medals. There were some beautiful dives from both divers Anna’s top scoring dive was an excellent inward one and a half off 1m which amassed over 40 points and Meurig impressed with his new 5m list.
Tessa Fenwick who dived in the girls 8-9 age group finished 4th collecting a well deserved medal. Lottie Burgess, the teams newest diver finished 6th in a massive group of 35 aged 12-13 girls, picking up a medal and Honesty South was just 1 point behind her to come 7th.
The team will be competing at National Skills Finals in Southend in two weeks so the medal haul at Albatross is excellent preparation for the biggest event in their calender.
South East Regional Age Group Championships – 30th April 2016- Southampton
Star Diving Club took 7 divers to the regional age group championships and returned with an excellent haul of medals. The team won 4 out of the 5 events they entered amassing a total of 4 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. With all 7 divers easily making their Nationals qualifying points.
The competition started off with a bang in the girls 10-11 platform as Freya Kelly, the youngest competitor in the region took her first gold at this level with a massive PB of 162 points after a very consistent performance having scored a minimum of 6s on every dive. Tilly Brown was just behind Freya taking silver and putting her new back one and a half to good use.
Next up were the 10-11 boys and they didn’t disappoint. England Talent Squad diver Wilfred Johnson once again shone in his favourite platform event amassing an impressive total of 172 points, he was a class above the rest in his simple required dives, disappearing without a splash and getting 7.5s from the judges. Patrick Hanlon who like Freya is a year younger than the rest of the competitors was competing an extremely difficult list for a diver who is still only 9. He just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th by less than a point, with another big PB.
Georgia Adams’ training for the event had been interrupted by a back injury, however she didn’t let this hold her back, she smashed the girls 12-13 3m event, scoring 7s and 7.5s on several of her dives to take the gold with 214 points, 30 points clear of the rest of the field. She also had a great 1m event where she took silver.
Lizzie Hanlon was determined to defend her regional title in the girls 14-15 platform competition, she was competing several new dives for the first time and produced a lovely back one and a half somersaults pike scoring 43 points to take the win for the third year in a row. Celeste Savage was consistent throughout her list and took her first regional platform medal.
Well done to all the divers, they will compete on their remaining boards in part 2 of the Regional Age Groups in May and we look forward to them bringing home more medals and titles.
G Star Championships – 19th-21st February 2016 – Leeds
Star took 5 divers to the G Star Championships in Leeds over half term. The competition showcases some of GBs best divers and included several commonwealth and GB junior and senior team members. The divers brought home 2 silver and 3 bronze medals as well as a 5th & 6th in the finals and every diver set at least one PB during the event.
Wilfred Johnson riding on his success at Armada Cup once again impressed. He qualified for all three finals in the boys 10-11 event to make it 6 out of 6 finals for him over half term. Wilfred took Silver on 1m and Platform with some fantastic dives and Bronze on 3m, he was the only boy in his age group to use the difficult reverse one and a half somersaults and put it to good use scoring almost 40 points on the dive. He got PBs on 1m and 3m both in the prelim and finals.
Georgia Adams produced her best diving to date to make all three finals in the girls 12-13 age group, the competition was very stiff in this age group and Georgia dived brilliantly getting a PB on every boards. She wowed the judges with a beautiful reverse one and a half in the 3m final scoring 8s from the judges to get Bronze and also took bronze on platform. Georgia finished 5th in the 1m final. Felicity Cronin, competing in the same age group, showed a big improvement from the Armada Cup just a few days before and set PBs on every board coming 15th on 1m and 13th on 3m. She saved the best for last qualifying for the platform final and finishing 6th with some brilliant dives.
Celeste Savage and Charlotte Lacouarie were diving in an extremely tough event, the girls 14-15 age group which featured 6 girls who have dived for England. They held their own and set several PBs Charlotte came 14th on 1m, 12th on 3m and 11th on platform, Celeste took 11th on 1m, 17th on 3m and 15th on platform.
The team finished 7th overall in the team trophy, an impressive result with only five divers in such a high calibre competition.
Gavin Brown Love to Dive – 20th February 2016 – Southampton
12 of Star’s newest squad divers travelled to Southampton on 20th February to compete at the Gavin Brown Love to Dive in Southampton. The competition is a great stepping stone for those divers who are aiming to compete at National Skills this year and as usual we had some excellent results. The divers took home 3 gold and 1 bronze medal as well as a medal for 4th & 6th, with 11 of the divers finishing in the top 10.
Oliver Clucas was the club’s highest scorer of the day racking up an impressive 183 points and scoring 8s and 9s on 4 out of his 6 dives, he finished 11 points clear of the rest of the field in the boys 12-13 event. Oliver's highest scoring dive was an excellent forward one and a half from 1m getting nearly 40 points.
Lily Chandler once again dominated her event taking the gold in the girls 10-11 competition and making it three wins in a row for her last 3 competitions. She impressed the judges to score 9s on her forward dive tuck on 3m and took the title by a massive 17 points.
Our third winner was Honesty South ion the girls 12-13 age group who was consistent throughout her program to win the gold medal with 176 points having made good use of her new front one and a half somersaults on 1m and 3m. Lottie Burgess our newest diver who only took up the sport in September showed her potential to take the bronze in the same event scoring 7s and 8s on all of her dives.
Our other medalists were Tessa Fenwick who finished 4th in the girls 8-9 event just 5 points away from silver and Anya Urban who got 6th in the girls 14-18 competition. Archie Johnson and Hannah Bidsnchdler were just outside the medlas in 7th, Matilda Dodds and Cole Xiberras impressed to take 9th in their events. Alex Casemore placed 10th and Alex Cookson 12th.
Armada Cup - 13th – 16th February 2016 – Plymouth
The Star Diving team have just returned from their most successful Armada Cup ever. This event brings together some of Great Britain’s top divers including several commonwealth team members. The 12 divers made 18 finals and won 1 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals and finished an astonishing 3rd in the team trophy beating two 10m Olympic programs in the process.
England Talent Squad diver Wilfred Johnson destroyed the opposition in the boys 10-11 platform event, he won his prelim by 15 points and went on to dominate the final. Wilfred disappeared without a splash on all three of his dives, he finished his program with a fantastic back one and a half somersaults half twist scoring 7.5s to take the Gold 20 points clear of the rest of the field. He picked up a bronze medal in the 1m competition and finaled on 3m to finish 6th. Patrick Hanlon finished 8th on 1m and platform and 7th on 3m just missing out on the finals.
International Star Alfie Brown medalled on all 3 boards in the boys 14-15 event. His best board was 3m where he scored over 50 points on each dive and took silver just 0.4 points away from 1st. Alfie made good use of his new forward two and a half pike on 1m to pick up his second silver medal and got bronze on platform.
Tilly Brown and Freya Kelly impressed to make all three finals in the youngest girl’s age group 10-11 event. Tilly got bronze medals on 3m and platform, scoring 44 points on her inward one and a half and getting 8.5s on her back dive pike. She also took 6th in 1m. Freya has made a good transition moving up from skills to age groups and finished 4th on 1m and platform with some brilliant dives and 5th on 3m.
In the girls 12-13 event Anna Wilson our newest diver in the team who has only been diving for two years held her own against much more experienced divers to qualify for both the 1m and 3m finals. Anna finished 4th on 3m just 2.5 points away from silver and 6th on 1m, she also came 8th on platform. Georgia Adams performed excellently in the platform competition nailing her newest and hardest dive a forward two and half tuck to take the silver medal, she just missed out on the final on 1m coming 7th and finished 10th on 3m. Felicity Cronin came in the top ten on both 3m and platform and Isabella Haward dived well in the same event.
Lizzie Hanlon smashed the girls 14-15 3m competition producing some of her best dives in the final to take the bronze medal, Charlotte Lacourarie came 6th in the same event and the 1m final. The girls got 3 other top 10 finished Charlotte came 8th and Lizzie 9th on platform and Celeste Savage came 9th on 1m.
The club had their biggest entry ever in the synchro competitions, despite having no synchro boards to practise on. Tilly and Anna had beautiful timing in the girls 9-13 competition to take the silver medal, just one point away from gold, Georgia and Felciity cmae 5th in the same event. Lizzie Hanlon and Charlotte Lacourarie took 4th in the girls 14-18 competition and Wilfred and Patrick got 4th in the boys 9-13.
Surrey Skills – 30th January 2015 – Guildford
The 16 strong Star Diving Team dominated the Surrey Skills winning 7 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals over the weekend, once again proving they are Surrey’s top diving club. The Surrey Skills show cases some of the newest up and coming talent from clubs all over the South East and for 5 of the club’s divers it was their first ever competition.
Lily Chandler was the top scorer of the day racking up and impressive 157 points from her 6 dives and dominating the girls 10-11 event to take gold 20 points clear of the rest of the field. She produced the highest scoring dive of the day at 38 points, a beautiful back dive tuck that scored 9s from the judges.
Star took a clean sweep of the medals in the youngest age group the girls 8-9, for 3 out of the 4 divers have been diving less than a year and it was their first competition. Tessa Fenwick won gold having produced a great inward dive tuck for 8s, Olivia Bramsden impressed the judges with her pike jump for 9s to take silver, Bethany Worthington got Bronze and Evie Smith was just behind her in 4th. Ethan Speirs was competing for the first time and performed brilliantly to won the boys 8-9 event.
It was another 1, 2, 3 finish for the club in the boys 10-11 competition. Archie Johnson looks to be following in his older brother, England Talent Squad diver, Wilfred’s footsteps and he took the gold with ease, Alex Casemore came in 2nd with a great backfall from 3m and Alex Cookson took Bronze in his first competition.
In the girls 12-13 event Star was once again dominant, the girls impressed the judges with their dryland V sit hold, showing off their strength and flexibility to take some of the highest scores of the day for that skills. Honesty South won this event for the second year in a row, showing big improvements on her back dive tuck. Lottie Burgess who has only been diving since September showed how well she has taken to the sport to get the silver medal and Matilda Dodds took bronze. Ollie Clucas won the boys 12-13 competition and Cole Xiberras nipping at his heels to take silver.
Sophie Allen and Anya Urban were neck and neck through the final event of the day, girls 14-18 competition. The lead changed hands several times through the competition with both girls scoring 7s on nearly every dive. In the end Sophie took the win with Anya getting silver.
Well done to all the divers for setting the tone for the rest of the year and we look forward to winning many more medals throughout the year.
Surrey Schools 3m and Platform Championships – 26th September 2015 – Guildford
Star Diving Club had a terrific start to the season winning 28 medals, 12 of them gold at the Surrey Schools, 3m and Platform Championships in Guildford over the weekend.
The surrey schools event was up first and 9 year old Freya Kelly started the competition off with a bang. She dominated the primary girls event to take gold with a massive PB of nearly 50 points. Next up was the junior girls all of whom were competing new dives some only learnt a couple of weeks before the event. 10 year old England Talent Squad diver Tilly Brown won gold with some brilliant diving, having nailed her final dive a front 2 ½ somersaults tuck for 7s. There was a closely fought battle for the other medals with only 3 points separating the next 3 divers. In the end Felicity Cronin got silver, Anna Wilson who attends a school in Sussex took guest bronze and Georgia Adams the bronze. Isabella Haward and Isobel Bramsden were just behind them in 4th and 5th.
Wilfred Johnson’s training for the event had been disrupted by injury but he didn’t let this stop him smashing the junior boys competition, despite being the youngest competitor in the event he destroyed the opposition to take gold by over 30 points. Meurig Puerto took the silver medal behind Wilfred, putting his new back 1 ½ somersaults to good use. The intermediate girls were up against some stiff competition but they held their own, Lizzie Hanlon got silver and Charlotte Lacourarie bronze, both getting PBs with Anna Merlini taking 5th. Abbie Brown was competing for the first time this year in the senior girls event having taken some time off for her GCSEs however she impressed the judges to win the competition and Hannah Bindschdler got bronze.
The surrey 3m junior and senior championships followed on from the schools event. Wilfred Johnson spurred on by his earlier gold dived fantastically to win both the junior and senior titles. His best dives were his reverse dive pike and forward 1 ½ pike both of which got 7.5s and 8s from the judges. Meurig Puerto took the silver in the junior boys event. Lizzie Hanlon put in a great performance scoring nearly 50 points on her two hardest dives a back 1 ½ pike and front 2 ½ pike to take gold in both the junior and senior girls. Tilly Brown took the silver behind Lizzie in the junior girls competition one again drilling her front 2 ½ and Charlotte Lacourarie the bronze. In the senior girls Charlotte stepped up to take the silver, with Anna Wilson who was competing a massive 4 new dives out of 7 getting a well-deserved bronze medal.
The final event of the day was the junior and senior platform competition which was arguably one of the most high quality surrey events ever held, with almost every diver scoring 7s and several divers getting 8s and 8.5 and even a 9! Wilfred Johnson picked up his 4th and 5th gold medals having put in an excellent performance which saw him score 8s on three of his dives he took the junior and senior platform titles to round up and extremely successful day. Charlotte Lacourarie impressed in the senior platform winning gold with a big PB having scored a huge 45 points on her new front 2 ½ tuck, she also took the bronze in the junior event. Georgia Adams showed off her ripped entries disappearing without a splash on almost every dive, having been awarded with 8.5s on her first 2 dives she took her first surrey gold, winning the junior platform as well as getting silver in the senior. Tilly Brown was our final medallist getting 7s and above on every dive she was hugely consistent to win silver in the junior girls and bronze in the senior.
A special mention goes to the youngest competitor of the day 9 year old Freya Kelly who scored a 9 on her armstand somersault after showing incredible strength and balance, she finished 4th in both the platform and 3m events, leaving older and more experienced divers in her wake and proving she is one to watch for the future.
National and International Success for Star Diving Club – National Skills Finals & Sofia Diving Cup 2015
The Star Diving Team have had an exceptionally successful week competing both internationally in the Sofia Diving Cup in Bulgaria and at home in the National Skills Finals in Manchester. Between them the team amassed a total of 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals as well as two trophies, with all but one of the team finishing in the top 10 in every event, an astonishing achievement at such high level competitions.
Seven of Star’s elite squad travelled to Bulgaria for their first international as a club, with all but one diver competing at this level for the first time. The divers didn’t let their inexperience stop them as they won 6 medals and were the 3rd best team of the whole event. Alfie Brown showed his talent once again to win both the platform and 3m events in boys 12-13. Alfie dominated both events, finishing 60 points clear of his nearest rival from the German National team on platform and also picked up a bronze medal on 1m. Alfie was awarded a trophy for top boy in the 12-13 age group of the meet and the event looks to have been great preparation for the Bimbingamba International in Rome later this month where he will be competing for England.
Ten year old Tilly Brown, not wanting her brother to get all the glory performed brilliantly in her first international to pick up a silver medal in the girls 10-11 platform on the first day, wowing the judges with her clean entries and scoring several 8s. She went one better on the 3m springboard to win gold, putting her new two and a half somersaults to good use. Lizzie Hanlon was star’s other medallist winning gold in the girls 14-15 platform event.
Lizzie was using several new dives from the 7.5m board, one of which she had only trained once before the event, however she held her nerve to take the win. Wilfred Johnson was extremely close to the medals in the boys 10-11 competition finishing 4th on both 1m and platform, in one case just 3 pionts away from bronze. There were other top ten performances from Charlotte Lacourarie, Celeste Savage and Felicity Cronin.
Closer to home the Skills team were competing for National Honors at the National Skills Finals in Manchester, which features the countries best up and coming talent. Anna Wilson was the star of the day winning the girls aged 12 event having smashed her back dive pike for 8s. Patrick Hanlon took silver in the boys 8-9 competition having produced some lovely dives, including a beautiful straight fall on 3m which disappeared without a splash. Our final medallist was Freya Kelly who scored near perfect 9s on several of her skills to get the bronze medal in the girls 8-9 age group. Other top 10 finishers were Isobel Bramsden (5th), Eerik Cockin (5th), Meurig Puerto (6th), Anna Merlini (7th) and Scarlett Winter (9th).
South East Regional Skills – 21st June 2015 – Crawley
The Star Diving Skills team had a very successful event at the South East Regional Skills, which acts as a qualifier for the National Skills Finals in July. Despite the pressure to achieve increased qualifying scores from last year, the divers held their nerve and all 10 of the team made their points for Nationals. The divers won 3 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.
In the youngest age group 8-9 boys and girls Patrick Hanlon and Freya Kelly impressed the judges to take Gold in their events. Freya showed off her speed and strength to score 8s on her poolside skills and was the only diver to perform the difficult reverse dive tuck in her age group. Patrick showed off his splash less entries on his 3m line ups and nailed his back dive tucked on 1m to rack up a massive score of 304 points, 30 points ahead of his nearest rival. Scarlett Winter and Isobel Bramsten both made their qualifying points for National Finals after finishing 6th and 7th in the girls 10-11 competition.
Our third Gold came from Anna Wilson in the girls 12-13 age group, who was feeling confident fresh from her win at Albatross Interclub the week before. Anna was extremely consistent, never scoring less than a 7 on any of her dives. Her 1m skills were a delight to watch, she got 9s on a near perfect back jump and produced a beautiful back dives piked for 8.5s. Anna left the rest of the field behind her having amassed a massive score of 327 points. Ella Triggs was competing in her first ever skills competition in the same age group, but she didn’t let her lack of experience hold her back taking 5th just 6 points away from a medal.
Anna Merlini has just moved up to the 14-16 age group and was competing her new harder list of dives for the very first time. She produced her best ever inward one and a half somersaults from 1m scoring a huge 41.8 points a single dive and was consistent on her other skills to take the silver medal. Wren Sablich finished in 6th in the same group with a PB of over 30 points.
Our final medallist was Meurig Puerto in the boys 12-13 event. Meurig showed his recent improvement to take the bronze medal after some fantastic poolside skills which scored 9s and 8.5s to improve his PB by 25 points. Eerik Cockin came 5th in the same age group, making his national points.
South East Regional Age groups 2015
The Star Diving team had some fantastic results at the South East Regional Age groups bringing home 4 Gold, 5 Silver and 8 Bronze medals.
Lizzie Hanlon collected a medal of each colour in the girls 14-15 events taking Gold on platform, Silver on 3m and Bronze on 1m. Charlotte Lacourarie dived brilliantly in her first Age Group event to take Bronze on both 3m and Platform with Celeste Savage finishing just behind her in 4th on platform.
There were some excellent performances in the younger age groups with Felicity Cronin taking 2 golds in the girls 11 and under platform event with a pb. Tilly Brown picked up medals in every event taking Gold on 1m, Silver on 3m and a Silver and Bronze on platform, her best dive was her forward double on 1m. Wilfred Johnson had an excellent platform event score 8s on his forward one and a half pike to take a silver and bronze with a PB of over 30 points. He also got a bronze on 3m.
Georgia Adams and Issy Haward were competing at the level for the first time in the girls 12-13 event and really stepped up to the occasion. Georgia got Bronze medals in both the 3m and platform competitions and Issy took silver on 3m. The were good performances from our youngest divers Patrick Hanlon and Freya Kelly who both dived up an age group into the 11 and unders despite being only 8 and 9 years old and finished in the top 10 on every board.
Well done to all the divers who are now preparing for the National Age Group Finals at the end of May.
Surrey 1m Age Groups and Championships – 21st March 2015 – Guildford
The Star Diving team proved once again that they are Surrey’s top diving club after producing some fantastic results at the Surrey 1m Age Groups and Championships in Guildford. The team came away with 12 Gold, 7 Silver and 5 bronze medals as well as winning the team trophy for a record breaking 6th year in a row.
International star Alfie Brown was once again on fire, taking the titles in boys 12-13, 60 points ahead of his nearest rival as well as the junior and senior championships. Alfie was trying out a new list of more difficult dives ahead of the Junior Elite Championships in May where he looks to impress the GB selectors for the junior internationals this season.
Lizzie Hanlon won the Junior and Senior Championships with a brilliant performance, 25 points clear of the rest of the field. She was trying out two new dives and nailed her front two and a half tuck to score over 40 points. She also took silver in the girls 14-15 Age group event. Charlotte Lacourarie impressed the judges with her clean lines to win the girls 14-15 event and took silver in both the junior and senior championships. Celeste Savage got 3 bronzes in the same events.
Patrick Hanlon won the youngest age group the boys 8-9 competition and Wilfred Johnson took gold in the boys 10-11 event. In the girls 10-11 Tilly Brown at just 9 years old was competing an extremely difficult list including back and inward on and a half somersaults and a forward double. She performed these admirably to take the win with Felicity Cronin in 2nd. It was a close competition in the girls 12-13 event with just 7 points separating the top 3. Izzy Haward came out on top with Georgia Adams in 2nd and Anna Wilson getting bronze. Meurig Puerto and Eerik Cockin got Silver and Bronze behind Alfie in the boys 12-13 competition, Ethan Clark won the boys 16-18 event making good use of his new twisting dive and Emily Wharton took the title in the ladies over 18 age group.
These great results will set up the team for the Regional qualifiers for the National Finals for both Age Group and Skills level that are coming up in April and May.
Armada Cup & G Star Championships - 2015
Star Diving Club started off the year with some great results at the Armada Cup in Plymouth and G Star Championships in Leeds. These are two of four grand prix National events which take place over the year featuring the top diving talent in the country, both junior and senior, including several Olympic and commonwealth divers. The team performed very well getting two finals places and several top 10 finishes at the Armada Cup then upping their game at G Star with 3 divers entering 8 competitions and making 8 finals.
Tilly Brown was the Star performer at the Armada Cup finaling in the girls 11 and under 3m and platform events and just missing out on 1m finishing in 7th place. Tilly took 5th place in the finals on both boards improving from 6th in qualifying with her best dive a front one and a half pike on 5m scoring 7s from the judges. Felicity Cronin had a great competition in the same age group with top 10 places in both her competitions coming 10th on 1m and 7th on 3m only 1 point away from the final.
Lizzie Hanlon showed her recent improvement coming 8th in the extremely competitive girls 14-15 1m event after scoring 7s on her first two dives. She also impressed in the platform event competing a front two and a half somersaults from 5m for the first time, having only learnt the dive the week before to finish in 11th. On 3m Lizzie nailed her first four dives scoring 7s and 7.5 on all them, but unfortunately dropped some of her harder optional dives to take 16th. Celeste Savage put in consistent performances on all boards to take 16th on 1m, 18th in 3m and 23rd on platform. Issy Haward was competing at this level for only the second time and had an excellent 3m competition in the girls 12-13 age group to finish 20th and came 29th on 1m.
Two weeks later a small team of 3 divers travelled to Leeds to compete at the G Star Championships. Felicity Cronin who on returning from the Armada Cup had trained incredibly hard was determined to reach the finals and she didn’t disappoint. In her first ever platform competition she impressed the judges scoring 7.5s and 8s on her inwards dive piked to qualify for the finals in 5th place. Felicity upped her game in the finals to finish in 4th. She also made finals on both 1m and 3m having improved her score by nearly 20 points on both boards in just two weeks and was the only diver in her age group to score an 8.5 on a dive. She finished in 6th on both boards with some excellent dives.
Wilfred Johnson was competing in the boys 11 and under event and had a brilliant competiton in the 1m prelim taking first place having scored 7s and 8s on his inward dive piked. In the final he dived well but dropped to 4th as him competitors had more difficult dives. Wilfred not wanting to be outdone by Felicity, also qualified for the finals on his other tow boards finishing 4th on 3m and 6th on platform.
Alfie Brown was competing for the first time after 3 months out of the pool due to injury. Due to his limited training he was only competing simple dives, rather than the complex somersaults and twists of his competitors. However Alfie showed his class qualifying for the finals on both 1m and 3m in the boys 12-13 competitions, despite the fact that his difficulty was way below that of his fellow divers. In 3m he finished in 4th scoring 7s on all his dives and 1m he went one better to win the bronze medal, an astonishing feat after so much time off training. Not only that his score beat the competition record!
Whilst the National team were winning medals in Plymouth and Leeds the Star Novice team were very successful at the Gavin Brown Love to Dive competition in Southampton. Bringing back 1 silver and 2 bronzes as well as 4th other top 6 medals. Wren Sablich won silver in the girls 14-18 with Hannah Bindschdler taking Bronze in the same event. Scarlet Winter got Bronze in the girls 10-11 competition and Isable Bramsten finished in 6th. Natasha Tapster and Lily Chandler took 4th and 5th place medals in the girls 8-9 competition and Ella Triggs got 5th in the girls 12-13 event.
Surrey Skills – 31st January 2015 – Guildford
Star Diving Club had a sensational opener to the year with divers winning 7 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Surrey Skills in Guildford. This was a brilliant result especially as 7 out of the 13 divers on the team were competing for the first time. It was a huge success for the clubs new TID squad three of whom won Gold having only started training in August. They were selected from a talent search in 18 local schools of over 2000 children designed to identify children who could be future diving champions.
The youngest divers started off the day with a bang in the 8-9 age group all three divers were competing for the first time and produced some excellent dives. Lily Chandler won gold in the girls event having scored 9s on two of her dives with Natasha Tapster just behind her with the silver medal. Archie Johnson looks like he is following in the footsteps of his brother, England Talent Squad diver Wilfred after winning gold in the boy’s competition.
The girl’s 10-11 competition boasted the biggest entry of the day with 18 divers however the Star girls refused to be intimidated by their competitors. Honest South scored a perfect 10 for her first dive and lead the competition from there, scoring at least one 9 on all but one skill to finish in the Gold medal position. Isabel Bramsden was hot on her heels taking silver with a pike jump scoring three 9s from the judges. Scarlett Winter took bronze and Neve Goodall was just behind her in 4th performing well in her first competition. Oliver Clucas impressed in the boys 10-11 event disappearing without a splash on his forward line up on 3m to come away with gold. Alex Casemore took silver in the same event.
Ella Triggs was the sole Star competitor in the girls 12-13 competition scoring 7s and 8s on 5 out of her 6 dives she also came away with her first competitive win. Anya Urban was competing for the first time in the girls 14-15 event having just joined a competitive squad at the start of the year, she put in an excellent performance to take gold. Our final medallists of the day were Wren Sablich and Hannah Binschdler who battled it out for top spot throughout the whole competition in the end it was Wren who came away with the victory with Hannah finishing in a close 2nd.
Luton Challenge – 21st-23rd November 2014 – Luton
Star Diving Club finished the year with style winning 6 medals at the final meet of the year Luton Challenge. In this competition divers compete in next years age groups to prepare them for the up and coming seasons events. It is always a tough event featuring the countries best including junior and senior internationals and commonwealth team members so our team had their work cut out for them.
Alfie Brown, competing in the boys 12-13 event, didn’t have the best preparation for this event having been fighting illness during the weeks before. However he showed himself to be the international star he is coming away with Bronze on the first day in 3m, he then upped his game in the platform final putting down some excellent dives to take silver with 156 points, 20 points clear of bronze.
Tilly Brown not wanting big brother Alfie to get all the glory for the brown family qualified for the finals in both 3m and platform in the girls 11 and under. In the 3m event she put down some fantastic dives finishing with a beautiful back one and a half for 7s to take silver. In platform she once again put in a solid performance leaving her best dive to last with an inward one and a half somersaults which scored a massive 42.9 points to get her the silver medal. In 1m Tilly finished 7th just outside the finals. Felicity Cronin was competing for the first time at this level in the same age group. She produced some great dives including a back dive tuck from 3m which scored 7s and ended up in 8th on both 1m and 3m, just a few points away from making the finals.
Wilfred Johnson showed why he was recently selected onto the England Talent Squad after qualifying for the finals in the boys 11 and under events on every board. He started off with a solid performance on platform to get 4th and then showed an improvement on 3m to take the bronze medal. However it was on 1m where he really shone, getting 7s on his first dive in the finals to win silver.
Lucy Maurer produced three top 10 results in the girls 16 and over event. This is always a tough competition featuring several GB international divers and she held her own to get 9th on every board. Issy Haward another newcomer to this level of competition, showed she belonged by finishing 15th on 3m and 18th on 1m in the girls 12-13 event. Lizzie Hanlon and Celeste Savage were competing for the first time in the girls 14-15 event. Lizzie came 23rd on platform and 3m and 27th on 1m and Celeste came 21st on 1m and 25th on platform.
England Talent Games - 1st-2nd November 2014 - Luton
Star Diving Club excelled at the England Talent Games over the first weekend of November with the team of 5 divers bringing back 4 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals as well as the Top Girls Team Trophy. This event is the selection meet for the England Talent Zone Squad and brings together the country’s top divers aged 8-11 who compete over 2 days in both dryland and the pool closely watched by the England Talent selectors. Star’s success is even more incredible as the club do not have a 3m platform or dryboard, 2 out of the 6 events in which the divers compete.
Wilfred Johnson dominated his age group winning the boys 9 and under dryland, pool and all around events for the second year in a row. He impressed the judges with his strength and power and was extremely consistent in the pool to take gold. He also qualified for the knockout finals (combined girls and boys top 8 of all age groups on each board) on 3m platform picking up a bronze medal and 3m line ups where he came 6th.
Tilly Brown is following in brother, England international medallist, Alfie’s footsteps. She took silver in the girls 9 and under in dryland, pool and all around, scoring several perfect 10s on her line ups and forward dive tuck on 3m platform. She was the top qualifier for the 3m platform final despite being only 9 and got silver by less than a point in the knockout and bronze in the 1m final.
Star had 3 divers competing in the girls 10-11 category, the largest of the weekend fielding 26 divers. Georgia Adams excelled herself winning a medal of each colour with a bronze on the first day in dryland, she then upped her game in the pool to take gold having been awarded 7 perfect 10s from the judges on her line ups and came 2nd in the all around by less than a point. Georgia also qualified for the 3m line ups knockout final where she grabbed another medal, this time bronze. Felicity Cronin had an excellent competition finishing in 8th in the dryland event and 4th in the pool despite a shaky start to her competition, she impressed the 1m judges with some beautiful dives scoring a 9.5 on her inward dive tucked. Felicity qualified for the 3m line ups final coming 4th just outside the medals and finished in 6th in the all around. Newcomer Anna Wilson put her gymnastics skills to good use coming 11th in dryland and 16th in the pool with an all around ranking of 13th.
Tilly Brown, Georgia Adams and Wilfred Johnson have all been selected onto the England Talent Zone squad following their fantastic results at Talent Games and will take part in their first England training camp in Leeds over the first weekend of December.
White Rose 2014
Star took a team of 10 divers to the annual White Rose Invitational on 17th-19th October which showcases the country’s top Skills divers. The best and brightest up and coming divers compete in this event in Leeds each year. The Star team were hugely successful with 7 out of 10 divers making the finals and bringing home 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medals.
Freya Kelly and Scarlett Winter were first up on Saturday Morning in the 8-9 girls event. Freya dived out of her skin to qualify for the finals in first place with 303 points after scoring 7s and 8s on almost every dive. Scarlett Winter did brilliantly in her first ever Skills level competition to qualify for the final in 4th with 273. Freya was the only eight year old to qualify for the final and once again produced some great dives to finish with the Bronze medal just 2 points away from gold with Scarlett finishing in 6th place.
Patrick Hanlon was our sole competitor in the boys 8-9 event and had the competition of his life. He nailed his forward tuck roll on 3m for 9s and bettered his PB by almost 60 points qualifying for the finals in 2nd with a score of 302. Like Freya, Patrick was the only eight year old in the final and was competing against boys a year older who all had harder and higher difficulty dives. He finished in 4th having produced a superb back dive tuck and forward tuck roll once again.
Charlotte Lacourarie and Anna Merlini were our final competitors on the Saturday in the girls 13 event. Charlotte had an excellent qualifying competition winning by 30 points over her nearest rival and producing the dive with the highest raw score of the weekend, an almost perfect forward dive tuck on poolside which scored 9.5s. Anna was very consistent to qualify for the finals in 4th place. Both girls then had a superb final blowing away the competition. Charlotte retained her first place with a forward one and a half piked scoring 8s to take gold and Anna having upped her game scoring 8s on her back dived tucked and ripping her back fall to took silver 2 points behind Charlotte and 12 points ahead of 3rd place.
Sunday’s competition started off with the girls 10 years which was the most hotly contested event of the whole weekend. Felicity Cronin was representing Star and produced some lovely dives scoring 9s on two skills and racking up 300 points, a score which would have made finals in every other event. Unfortunately she just missed out on the finals finishing in 7th by just one point.
We had 3 divers competing in the girls 11 competition in a huge field of 37 divers. Georgia Adams proved why she was a medallist at the National Skills Finals earlier in the year qualifying in 1st with 314 points. Anna Wilson who has been struggling with injury over the past few months had an excellent competition and was very close to getting into finals finishing in 7th with a PB. Issy Haward came 11th having produced a beautiful forward tuck roll on 3m scoring 9s. Georgia did very well in her final, drilling her final dive on 3m to get 9s and finishing with the silver medal.
Abi Barrett was our final competitor in the girl’s 14-16 event. This was her first White Rose event and she rose to the occasion with fantastic set of dives, her most notable being her new inward one and a half somersaults on 1m which racked up a massive 44 points. Abi qualified comfortably for the final in 4th place. In the finals Abi improved her ranking to get Silver having once again put her inward one and a half to good use.
To top off the weekend team coach Kirsteen Mitchell won Coach of the Meet for the second year in a row.
Surrey Schools, 3m and Platform Championships – 27th September 2014 – Guildford
Star started off the competitive season with a bang winning an astounding 34 medals at the Surrey schools, 3m and platform championships. The Guildford based club won 14 out of the 16 events that took place proving they are ready for the jam packed season that lie ahead of them.
Star started off the day as they meant to go on taking a clean sweep of the medals in the girls primary competition. Felicity Cronin dazzled the judges with 5 excellent dives scoring 7s and 8s to take the Gold, Tilly Brown took silver putting her new back and reverse dive pikes on 3m to good use and Freya Kelly got bronze. Wilfred Johnson had an excellent competition and won the boys primary age group with Patrick Hanlon taking silver behind him.
It was another 1,2,3 for Star in the Girls Junior event with Charlotte Lacourarie getting gold, her inward one and a half somersaults from 1m scoring a whopping 40 points. Georgia Adams performed her 3m list for the first time to take the silver medal and Emma Shaw got Bronze. Just behind them in 4th and 5th were Issy haward and Anna Wilson. Star international diver Alfie Brown won the boys junior event by almost 100 points scoring a minimum of 7s on every dive. Meurig Puerto got the bronze medal and Eerik Cockin finished just behind him in 4th.
The Star girls faced tough competition in the girl’s intermediate event with several competitors from Crystal Palace who have competed internationally. However not to be outdone Celeste Savage put in a fantastic performance to take silver with a beautiful back one and a half somersaults tucked from 3m. Lizzie Hanlon finished just out of the medals in 4th with a great score especially as she was competing 3 new dives. Anna Merlini finished in 7th.
Lucy Maurer struck Gold in the girls senior competition with the highest score of the day, over 200 points for just 5 dives. Abbie Brown celebrated her return to competition from injury with a silver medal and Emily Wharton a relative newcomer to the sport got bronze. Hannah Binschdler finished in 4th. Ethan Clark took our final schools medal holding his nerve to win the senior boys event with 5 very consistent dives.
The 3m and platform championships followed the schools event, with the divers no longer competing in age groups this competition provides the younger less experienced divers a great opportunity to pit themselves against Surreys top age group and elite divers.
Lucy Maurer and Alfie Brown dominated the junior and senior competitions, winning both events on 3m and platform and bringing their tally of gold medals to 5 each. Lucy’s best event was her platform competition smashing her nearest rival by 50 points having scored 7s and 8s on her back one and a half piked from 5m. Alfie destroyed his PB over 8 dives in the 3m senior competition scoring 331 points having nailed his last dive a reverse one and a half somersaults. He did not disappoint in his platform event either scoring a perfect 10 for his inward dive piked on 5m.
Lizzie Hanlon had a very successful 3m competition getting silver in both the junior and senior 3m event beating some far more experienced competitors. She took another silver in the senior platform event and bronze in the junior having nailed her final and most difficult dive and inward one and a half somersaults tucked. Celeste Savage built on her success from the schools event to add two bronze medals to her collection from the junior 3m and senior platform events.
Nine year olds Wilfred Johnson and Tilly Brown were determined to shine amongst their older competitors and didn’t disappoint. Wilfred got silver in both the junior 3m and platform events and Tilly won silver in Junior platform and finished a very respectable 4th in 3m. These were brilliant results and both divers proved they are ones to watch for the future. Ethan Clark added to his gold from his schools competition with two bronze medals from the junior 3m and platform competitions to round off the day.
Albatross Interclub 2014 – 22nd June – Reading
Star took 12 divers to the annual Albatross Interclub in Reading on 22nd June. We returned with 5 medals and an additional 4 divers finishing in the top 10 and having finished 4th in the team event which was a huge achievement with such a small team.
The youngest divers started off the day with Scarlett Winter and Imogen Ewer competing in the girls 8-9 event. The girls put in some great performances and were rewarded with medals Scarlet who has been diving less than a year getting silver and Imogen taking the Bronze.
The girls 10-11 event was up next and we had 4 divers in a massive field of 37 girls. Felicity Cronin had a brilliant meet competing her new 3m list and nailing her final dive and hardest dive a reverse dive tuck to take silver with a massive 130 points from 4 dives. Issy Haward had a great competition and was just two places away from a medal finishing in 5th. Isobel Bramsten came 17th and Ella Triggs 19th.
Charlotte Lacourarie and Anna Merlini were competing in the girls 12-13 competition another huge competition with 30 divers. Charlotte who was unable to train all week due to illness had a great competition despite not practising her dives and came in 4th just a couple of points away from 2nd. Anna perfomed well to finish in 11th. Eerik Cockin was competing in the boys 12-13 and had a good event to come in 7th.
The final age group of the day brought more medals for Star with Paige Latham producing some beautiful dives to take gold in the girls 16-18 event and Hannah Bindschdler came just a few places behind her in 6th a massive improvement on last year’s 17th place. Ethan Clark finished off the day with a silver medal in the boys 16-18 age group.
Elite Junior National Championships – 28th-31st May 2014 – Plymouth
Star divers Hannah Allchurch and Alfie Brown travelled down to Plymouth in half term to compete at the Elite Junior National Championships. The event is the most important competition in the national calander for junior divers and serves as qualification to represent team GB in the 2014 junior internationals as well as the selection meet for the England Talent Squads. Pitted against the best under 18 divers in the country the Star divers performed admirably making 5 out of 6 finals and bringing home 4 medals. An outstanding achievement considering they were competing against teams from 10m Olympic venues with far better facilities than the Guildford based 5m club.
Alfie Brown was competing in his first ever Junior Elites in the boys 13 and under catagory started off the competition with a bang taking the title in the boys 13 and under 3m synchro with partner and fellow beacon talent squad member Connor Van Dal from Southend. It was the boys first outing at synchro and they look like a promising pair for the future. Alfie’s next board was the platform event and he wowed both the crowd and the judges from the offset, scoring 9s and 9.5s for his first 3 dives to qualify him for the finals in first place. As the top qualifier Alfie dived last in the finals and didn’t disappoint with his first dive the difficult back two and a half somersaults from 5m scoring 54 points. He was the leader throughout the final and nailed his final dive from 7.5s and 8s to take the gold by over 20 points, becoming Star’s first ever Elite Junior National Champion. Alfie also competed on both 1m and 3m springboard performing brilliantly to come away with bronze in both events. He came out as the top ranked diver in his age group and the only diver in his age group to win 4 medals.
Hannah Allchurch was competing in her last ever junior event for Star as she has gained a prestigious diving scholarship to Harvard University. Hannah was competing in the girls 16-18 catagory and had her work cut out for her with 8 divers in her age group who have previously competed for GB. She didn’t let this phase her and dived fantastically in the 3m event to gain a hard earned place in the finals with a huge PB. Hannah finished in 5th in her final after putting down some great dives. She also finished 8th in the 1m competition just two places away from the finals.
Star are incredibly proud of the achievement of both divers and their incredible results mark the transformation of the club in the last few years from a small novice level club to one of the country’s top 5m venues. Congratulations to both the divers and coaches on this achievement.
Surrey 1m Age Groups and Championships – 5th May 2014 – Guildford
Star showed they are the top club in the County after dominating the Surrey 1m Age Groups and Championships on 5th May. Star divers got gold in every age group they entered and took the top 3 podium spots in 6 events. Star came away with 28 medals having secured the Jimmy Aldrous trophy for the top team of the meet for the 6th year in a row.
Hannah Allchurch who has recently secured a diving scholarship to Harvard won Gold in all 3 of her events. Hannah took the victory in the girls 16-18 age group and then went on to win both the Junior and Senior Championships by an amazing margin of 30 and 70 points. Lucy Maurer and Hayley Mitchell showed the club’s strength to take the other podium places in the girls 16-18 age group and the championships. Hayley came away with 2 silvers and a bronze and Lucy 1 silver and 2 bronzes.
Alfie Brown took the gold in the 12-13 boys event winning by a clear margin of 25 points and then not to be outdone by Hannah won both the Junior and Senior Championships despite being the youngest competitior by 3 years. Chris Murray came home with 3 medals having stormed to vicory in the boys 14-15 age group he then took 2 silvers in the championship events.
Star had another Gold, Silver and Bronze trio in the youngest age group with Tilly Brown winning, Freya Kelly in second and Imogen ewer taking the bronze. Wilfred Johnson won the boys 8-9 event with Patrick Hanlon hot on his heels in second.
In the girls 10-11 years event Issy Haward showed her recent improvement producing some lovely dives to take gold, newcomer Anna Wilson who only started diving in September was just behind to get silver and Ella Triggs produced a fine performace to get third. Georgia Adams, Felicity Cronin adn Naomi Townend came 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.
The girls 12-13 event was yet another 1,2,3 finish for Star with Celeste Savage making good use of her new back one and a half somersaults to win, Lizzie Hanlon came in 2nd and Charlotte lacourarie andother new diver took 3rd. Emma Shaw finished 4th and Oliva Silvey 5th. Eerik Cockin took the Silver in the boys 12-13 event just behind Alfie and Abi Barret won the girls 14-15 competition with a convincing performance.
G Star – 28th-30th March 2014 – Leeds
Star took a small team of 3 divers up to the annual G Star meet in Leeds. This competition always boasts an incredibly high standard of diving and this year was no different with over 500 entries, featuring no less than 5 Olympians and an additional 17 junior and senior international divers.
Alfie Brown despite the fact that he was competing 8 new dives stole the show for Star bringing home 1 gold and 2 silver medals. In the boys 12-13 3m springboard event Alfie nailed his newest and hardest dive, a back two and a half somersaults for 8s ranking up 67 points with the highest scoring dive for his age group over the whole weekend and unsurprisingly taking gold. In the 1m competition Alfie was competing 3 new dives and got some brilliant scores in the final to finish in 2nd. In the platform event Brown, when given the choice of which dives to do in the final chose to compete a dive he had never attempted before, one which no other diver in his age group is able to do. Having only learnt the dive in the practise before the finals he performed it superbly to take silver. To top it off Alfie won the prestigious diver of the meet trophy having been voted by the coaches as the top up and coming diver at the event. Next week Alfie is off to Plymouth having been invited to a weeklong training camp with the GB junior team.
Hannah Allchurch dived in the 16-18 event and pitted herself against 3 Olympians and 5 other international divers. Despite the high standard of the event Hannah held her nerve to finish in the top 10 on every board. She came away with 8th on 1m, 9th on 3m and 10th on platform and was only 6 points from making it into the 3m final. Chris Murray who is new to this level of event was competing in the boys 14-15 age group. On 3m Chris had an excellent competition just dropping his last dive the difficult forward 3 and a half somersaults to finish in 11th, up until this point he had been in serious contention for this finals. He also came 13th in the 1m event.
Congratulations to the divers for performing so well in such a high level meet.
South East Regional Skills – 23rd March 2014 – Crawley
Star had a hugely successful day at the South East Regional Skills in Crawley winning 5 out of the 8 events and coming out ranked the top skills club in the whole of the South East. The 20 strong team brought home 5 trophies and 10 medals with 18 divers qualifying for the National Finals in May.
Star dominated in the youngest age groups, the 8-9 girls and boys taking 4 medals with Tilly Brown topping the podium in the girl’s event having scored an impressive 317 points including several 9s on her back fall straight. Freya Kelly took bronze in the same event beating her PB with some excellent dives. Wilfred Johnson was crowned champion in the boy’s event winning by an astonishing 45 points, scoring 9s and 9.5s on several of his dives. Patrick Hanlon the youngest competitor of the day aged just 7 years old showed his inexperience by falling off the board on his back dive, however this didn’t stop him from clawing his way back to get a well deserved bronze medal.
In the Girls 10-11 event Felicity Cronin dazzled the judges scoring a perfect 10 for her forward straight fall, finishing with Bronze with Georgia Adams was hot on her heels in 4th after disappearing without a spash on her line ups. Newcomer Anna Wilson who only took up the sport in September came 9th comfortably qualifying for Nationals, Isabella Haward finished just behind her in 11th and Naomi Townend took 13th also making her National points.
We destroyed the opposition in the girls 12-13 competition with a 1, 2, 3 finish for the Star girls. Celeste Savage took the lead never scoring less than a 7 on any of her dives and racking up the highest total of the day. Charlotte Lacourarie another diver who has been diving less than a year produced some beautiful poolside skills to take Silver and Lizzie Hanlon impressed the judges with her splashless ripped entries on 3m to win Bronze. Anna Merini finished in 10th having made her National points and Olivia Silvey came 16th. In the boys 12-13 Eerik Cokin had a great competition finishing in 4th only 2 points from a medal and Meurig Puerto was just behind him in 6th with both boys qualifying for Nationals.
In the final event of the day Star divers came out top in both the boys and girls 14-16 years competition. Paige Latham scored the only other perfect 10 of the day to take the win nearly 20 points clear and Ethan Clark had a brilliant day scoring 37 points on his hardest dive, a back one and a half somersaults from 1m. Ethan has made huge progress in a year improving his score by over 60 points. Abi Barrett also had a fantastic event bettering her PB by a massive 30 points to qualify for nationals in 5th and Hannah Bindschedler finished in 8th.
Well done to the team for all their hard work we look forward to seeing their results from Nationals in May.
London Regional Skills – 1st March 2014 – Waltham Forest
Star took a team of 19 divers to the London Regional Skills on 1st March in Waltham Forest. This competition was the first of two opportunities for the divers to achieve their qualification points for the National Skills Finals in May. The team were very successful bringing home 6 medals and a further 6 top 10 finishes with 12 divers achieving their points for Nationals.
Our youngest team members dominated the 8-9 years events with Wilfred Johnson taking the title in the boy’s competition 30 points clear of the rest of the field proving why he has been selected onto the regional talent squad. Patrick Hanlon who has only been diving for a year dived brilliantly to finish with Silver achieving his points for Nationals. Tilly Brown another member of the regional talent squad got Silver less than one point from Gold having achieved the 2nd highest score of the day. Freya Kelly another diver who has only been diving a year took the Bronze medal beating divers who were far more experienced and showing she is one to watch for the future.
Star’s medals came from Ethan Clark and Paige Latham in the 14-16 years category. Ethan had a fantastic competition, smashed his PB by 30 points to finish with Silver less than 1 point from 1st. Paige Latham dived extremely well to take Bronze in a huge event of 22 girls. Abi Barrett had a brilliant debut at regional level to finish in 10th just 1 point away from the National qualifying score and Hannah Bindschdler another diver new to this level of competition came 19th.
We had 5 divers in the girls 10-11 event and had some great results with all of the divers achieving their points for Nationals and 3 girls finishing in the top 10. Georgia Adams had a great competition getting 8s from the judges on several dives to finish in 6th with Felicity Cronin coming in 7ths one point behind her. Anna Wilson who has only been diving since September impressed to take 10th despite being one of the least expirenced divers in the who event. Issy Haward finished in 11th and Naomi Townend in 18th.
Lizzie Hanlon had a superb competition getting a PB and finishing in 4th just 0.6 points away from a medal. Charlotte Lacouraire another diver who has only been diving since the summer did extremely well in a very competitive group to finish in 12th with Celeste Savage coming 13th and Olivia Silvey in 21st. Eerik Cockin was our sole competitor in boys 12-13 event and he rounded off the day with a 7th place.
The team finished 3rd in the team trophy just a few points behind the Olympic programs at Crystal Palace and Southend which was a great achievement.
Gavin Brown Love to Dive – 23rd Feb 2014 - Southampton
Star took a team of 10 divers to the annual Gavin Brown Love to Dive event in Southampton on 23rd February 2014 and returned triumphant having taken 9 medals and won 4 out of the 5 events we entered. This was a fantastic result from our inexperienced team most of whom have been diving less than a year.
Our youngest competitors set the standard in the first event with Freya Kelly and Patrick Hanlon winning Gold in the 8-9 years competition. Freya produced some lovely line ups on the 3m board wowing the judges and scoring 8s and 9s and Patrick destroyed the competition winning by nearly 20 points. Scarlett Winter who has only been diving for one term had a brilliant competition nailing several of her dives to medal in 5th place.
The girls 10-11 age group was up next and the divers didn’t disappoint. Georgia Adams had an outstanding competition showing off her ripped entries on the 3m board and finishing with a back dive scoring 8s to take gold. Anna Wilson who has only been diving since the summer did brilliantly in her 2nd ever competition to get silver just behind Georgia. Ella Triggs finished just outside the medals in 8th place having got 7s on 5 out of her 6 dives and Isabel Bramsten came 13th.
Charlotte Lacourarie another diver who has only been training since the summer was our sole competitor in the girls 12-13 event. Charlotte showed her talent to finish with a silver medal having produced some lovely dives. Emily Wharton dominated the girls 14-18 event taking gold and producing the highest total of the day scoring 191 points over 6 divers with a near perfect pike fall which got 9.5s from the judges. In the same event Hannah Bindschedler took 4th place with some very consistant diving.
The club finished 2nd inthe team trophy which was an outstanding achievement as we were less than 20 points away from the winning team Southampton who had 58 divers to our 10.
Surrey Skills – 1st February 2014 – Guildford
Star hosted the first ever Surrey Skills competition on 1st February. This is a grass roots event aimed at divers starting out their careers and we had 15 divers competing most of whom had been diving less than a year and a few who have only been in the sport several months. Star had
a hugely successful competition winning every event we entered and bringing home 14 medals.
Freya Kelly and Patrick Hanlon struck gold in the youngest age group Freya impressed the judges to score a 9 on her first dive and Patrick dived consistently getting 8s on several dives. Scarlett Winter impressed in her first ever competition having only started diving in September to take the Silver and Alex Casmore also got Silver in the boys event.
Georgia Adams stormed to victory in the girls 10-11 event scoring 7s and 8s on every dive. Anna Wilson another diver who only took up the sport in September took silver and Isobel Bramsten dived extremely well in a large group to get bronze. Charlotte Lacourarie dominated the girls 12-13 event scoring several 9s and a perfect 10 to rack up the highest total of the day and take the win. Olivia Silvey was close on her heels with a silver medal. Not to be out done Meurig Puerto won the boys 12-13 with style.
Wren Sablich continued the winning streak for Star taking gold in the girls 14-15 event showing just how well she has transferred from gymnastics to diving. Abi Barrett was just 3 points behind Wren in 2nd. Emily Wharton finished off the day with our final gold in the girls 16-18 event and Hannah Bindschedler took silver with a very consistent performance.
Congratulations to the team for such a brilliant start to the year.
Luton Challenge - 22nd-24th November 2013 - Luton
Star had a great weekend at the annual Luton Challenge Meet on 22nd-24th November. This is the final event of the year and attracts Britain’s best divers as uniquely divers compete in the age groups they will be in next year. We took 6 divers and returned with 4 medals and an additional 3 top ten placings.
Alfie Brown (11) was once again star’s top performer, hot off his success at the talent games and subsequent selection onto the England Talent Diving Squad he stormed to victory in both of his events. On 3m he qualified in 2nd having been the only diver in his age group to perform the difficult inward two and a half somersaults. In the final Alfie really upped his game nailing his forward two and half piked to disappear through the water without a splash, scoring 8s from the judges to take the win by 15 points. On 1m he again qualified in 2nd having dropped a dive but impressed in the finals scoring 7.5s on his opening dive to win convincingly once again.
Hannah Allchurch was competing in a star studded field in the girls 16 and over event with no less than 9 divers who have competed for GB in her event. She held her own to make finals in both the 3m and platform competitions and finished in 9th on 1m. In both finals Hannah performed fantastically coming 5th just a few points away from bronze. Lucy Maurer competed in the same group to finish 14th and 15th on 1m and 3m and then had a brilliant platform event to take 9th.
Lucas Nunez was agonisingly close to the finals in the boys 12-13 competition finishing in 7th on both 1m and platform in one case less than a point away from finals qualification. He also finished 9th on 3m. Celeste Savage (12) who has only been diving for a year was competing at this level for the first time. She dived superbly to finish 15th on 1m and 20th on 3m in a huge field of over 30 girls. Emma Shaw took 23rd on 1m and 24th on 3m in the same event.
Waltham Forest Novices - 24th November 2013 - Waltham Forest
Star took 18 divers to compete in the Waltham Forest Novice Invitational on 24th November and returned with 13 medals and 2nd spot in the team trophy. Most of the team have been diving for a year or less and performed with distinction at the meet.
Freya Kelly and Patrick Hanlon got the day off to a cracking start in the youngest age group winning gold in the under 8 event. They scored a minimum of 7s on every dive with Freya getting a 9 on her back jump from poolside and Patrick destroying the opposition by nearly 20 points. Both divers are members of the clubs Talent ID squad and were part of a talent search that saw over 1000 children tested for diving potential in local primary schools. The squad has only been diving since February so it is fantastic to see success at this early stage.
Felicity Cronin had a great event taking bronze in the girls 8-9 event having ripped her forward pike line up from 3m to get 8s from the judges. Isobel Bramsten another of the TID divers was competing for the first time and impressed on her poolside skills scoring 8s and finishing in 5th. Imogen Ewer just missed out on a medal to get 7th. Alex Casemore showed his recent improvement to come 9th in the boys 8-9 event.
Tilly Brown who is 8 was competing up an age group in the 10-11 event. Not to be outdone by her brother Alfie in Luton she put on an excellent performance outclassing divers up to 3 years older to win by nearly 10 points. Her forward dive pike on 3m was a delight to watch disappearing without a splash and she nailed her forward one and a half piked which she had only learnt the week before. Ella Triggs had a great competition in the same age group competing two new dives to finish in 8th and Georgia Adams took 11th. Meurig Puerto was competing in the boys 10-11 event and finished off a very successful year to get a medal in 6th.
In the girls 12-13 competition Celeste Savage was diving in the extremely competitive non-novice event. She drilled her forward 2 and a half somersaults from 3m to get 7s from the judges and the highest scoring dive of the competition, winning the silver medal just 2 points from gold. Charlotte Lacourarie was competing in the novice section and has only been diving since the summer. She had an excellent first competition exceeding all expectations to come away with 2nd. Elizabeth Hanlon had a good meet to medal in 6th place and Olivia Silvey finished in 8th.
Kobe Pringle dived brilliantly in the boys 12-13 competition getting 7s and 8s on every dive to win a massive margin of over 20 points. Ethan Clark dominated the boys 14-16 event to come out with the gold medal. Paige Latham got bronze in the girls 14-16 competition and Hannah Bidschdler was our final medallist coming 5th in the same event.
Congratulations to the teams for a great round up to the most successful year yet for Star and we are looking forward to great things in 2014.
England Talent Games - 9-10th November 2013 - Luton
Star had phenomenal success at the England Talent Games on 9-10th November in Luton. This event brings together the top divers aged 11 and under in the country to compete over 6 dryland and pool competitions. The most accomplished divers from the event will be selected to join the England Talent Squad. Star were one of only two 5m clubs competing at this event, with all the other divers coming from Olympic 10m programs, we also don’t have a 3m platform or a dryboard which were 2 of the 6 events this weekend. However the team of 3 divers beat the odds to achieve some outstanding results bringing home 8 medals 5 of them gold.
8 year old Wilfred Johnson stole the show in the 9 and under boys event winning gold in all 3 of his events and being crowned England Talent Champion for his age group. On the first day Wilfred put in an early lead in the dryland events showing off his flexibility and strength in his floor routine and did some brilliant dives both on the dryboard and trampoline to come out top in dry. The next day Wilfred produced some beautiful dives in the pool getting 7s and above from the judges on all stations to take the win in the pool section and secure his place as overall champion.
Alfie Brown competed in the boys 10-11 and came away with a silver and 2 golds and was our second England Talent Champion. Alfie had a fantastic performance in the dryland competition with some outstanding dives on trampoline and dryboard and an excellent floor routine to finish with silver less than 1 point away from 1st. The next day Alfie had a great start in the pool getting 8s from the judges on his 3m platform dives and line ups and finishing off with a good 1m event. He came out top in the pool and with his excellent dryland score from the day before was named the 10-11 boys overall champion. Alfie qualified on all 3 boards for the knock out events where the top 8 girls and boys from every event over the weekend compete against each other in a knock out style event where each round the lowest scoring divers are eliminated. Alfie got 8s and 9s on several dives to get bronzes on 1m and 3m platform and 4th on 3m springboard.
Tilly Brown was our final entry competing in the girls 9 and under event. Tilly performed extremely well finishing 6th in dryland only 6 points from silver with a great trampoline routine and dryboard dives. In the pool she dived event better getting 8s from the judges on several of her dives and coming out top in her 1m event only 2 placed from qualifying for the knockout event. She finished in 4th in the pool and came away with an overall 6th place.
Congratulations to the divers and coaches for such a fantastic showing in such a high level national event.
Southampton Invitational - 26th-28th October 2013 - Southampton
Star took Southampton Invitational by storm getting some fantastic results in the first big meet of the season. The event which took place on 26-28th of October always attracts an extremely high class field and this year featured several GB team members. Star took a team of 6 divers and returned with 1 Gold and 2 Bronzes as well as an additional 5 top 6 final finishes.
Hannah Allchurch was the star of the show winning Gold in the girls 16 plus 3m. She was competing against 3 girls who have dived for GB and having qualified for the finals in 4th really upped her game to nail her 3 finals dives and take the win. Hannah also got Bronze on platform and 5th on 1m.
Alfie Brown took bronze in the boys 11 and under 1m a great achievement as a wirst injury prevented him from preparing for the competition as he was unable to dive in headfirst for over 6 weeks. Alfie made good use of his new forward 2 and a half somersaults, the hardest dive anyone was competing in his age group.
Lucas Nunez dived brilliantly smashing his PBs on every board to make his first ever finals on both 1m where he qualified in first and platform in the boys 12-13 age group. For a diver so new to this level of competition getting in the finals at a meet of this calibre is a great achievement and he finished in 5th on 1m and 6th on platform having drilled his new inward one and a half somersaults pike from 5m to produce the 2nd highest scoring dive of his event. Lucas also just missed out on the 3m final finishing 7th.
Lucy Maurer was our other finalist in the hotly contested girl’s 14-15 event. Off the back of her medal success at National Age Groups she took 6th in the 1m final having beaten several junior elite divers to get there. She saved the best till last upping her game in the 3m to get 5th having produced a lovely inward one and a half somersaults piked to score 7s form the judges.
Emma Shaw had a successful meet in the girls 11 and under age group finishing 10th on 1m and 11th on 3m. Chris Murray was competing in his first ever event of this level he finished a respectable 11th on platform and 16th on 1m.
Congratulations to the age group and elite team for a sensational start to the season.
Star Diving Club had a hugely successful weekend at the White Rose Novice Invitational in Leeds on 12th-13th October. White Rose is one of the top skills level meets of the year attracting the best up and coming divers from all over the country. Star took a team of 19 and came back with 2 gold medals, 2 bronze medals and a 4th and 5th place finish in the finals. We finished 2nd in the team trophy beating five 10m clubs and won top coach of the meet.
The first event was girls 8-9 years and Tilly Brown got the competition started with a bang qualifying for the finals in 2nd place. In the final she went one better producing 3 brilliant dives to be crowned white rose champion. Naomi Townend had a great competition saving her best dive until last scoring 8.5s on her back tuck roll from 3m to take 15th, Felicity Cronin was just behind her in 17th and Lia Green performed very consistently in her first ever competition to finish 24th.
Our second medal of the day was from Ethan Clark in the boys 14-16 competition who got a PB in qualifying to take 6th place. He then had the competition of his life in the final to improve 3 places and take the Bronze medal.
We had excellent performances from the 12-13 girls with Celeste Savage missing out on the final by less than a point in 7th place, Lizzie Hanlon finishing in 21st, Hannah Woodford in 30th and Olivia Silvey 36th. In the boys 10-11 Eerik Cockin and Meurig Puerto dived very well in an extremely competitive field to finish in 24th and 26th respectively with Meurig getting a PB of over 30 points. Wilfred Johnson had a top 10 finish in the boys 8-9 event with some great line ups from the 3m board.
The second day of competition started with the girls 10-11 years, a huge event featuring 54 divers. Georgia Adams who was competing for the first time ever having only started diving in February surpassed all expectations to finish 8th less than 2 points from the final having scored the only perfect 10 of the day on her forward pike fall from 3m. Issy Haward performed brilliantly as well to finish in 20th with a PB.
Next up were the 12-13 boys Leon McHugh and Kobe Pringle who have both been diving less than a year. They eased into the final in 4th and 2nd place. In the finals Leon nailed his forward one and half somersaults pike to move into Bronze medal position and Kobe took 4th with a fantastic back dive tuck which scored 8s.
The last event was the girls 14-16 featuring Paige Latham and Abbie Brown. The girls put in fantastic performances Abbie Qualified in 3rd for the final getting a PB by over 40 points and Paige qualifying in first having smashed ber PB by a massive 70 points. Abbie dived consistently in the final to take 5th place and Paige held her nerve to take the win by 20 points scoring having nailed her most difficult dive an inward one and a half somersaults.
Congratulations to the divers for being the most supportive team at the event and helping Star to achieve such outstanding results. Many thanks to our hardworking chaperones Rusty Johnson, Jon Adams, Mary-Jane Brown and Lara Green.
Star Diving Club had a hugely successful season opener at the Surrey Schools, 3m and Platform Championships on 21st September. The Guildford club won a total of 32 medals 13 of them gold over the course of the day, proving once again that Star is Surrey's top diving club.
Hannah Allchurch was the top performer of the meet winning an astonishing 5 county titles throughout the day. She started off with a victory in the Senior girls schools event by nearly 40 points and from there no one could catch her. Hannah went on to take the junior and senior 3m and platform titles, notably in the senior 3m she was 70 points ahead of the rest of the field.
Josh Raine was just behind Hannah taking 4 golds and 1 silver, he won the senior boys schools competition with ease and went on to dominate the 3m Championships taking both junior and senior titles. He also won the senior platform event after nailing his last and most difficult dive a forward two and a half somersaults to disappear through the water without a splash.
Lucas Nunez who has only been diving a year and a half produced a fantastic set of dives to win the junior boys schools event by over 60 points. Lucas then went on to take the title in the junior platform event leaving far more experienced competitors in his wake. He also got 3 silver medals in the junior and senior 3m competition and senior platform.
Star's other two county champions we the two youngest competitors of the day, eight year olds Wilfred Johnson and Tilly Brown who stormed to victory in the primary boys and girls schools competition. They then went on to compete in the junior 3m event despite being the youngest divers by over 3 years. Wilfred surpassed all expectations to get bronze and Tilly got 9th in a hugely competitive event. These two young divers proved they defiantly are ones to watch for the future.
Lucy Maurer had a very successful day despite battlingillness she showed her mental strength and determination to win 5 silver medals. Hayley Mitchell was another multiple medallist taking 1 silver and 4 bronzes. Our other medallists were Meurig Puerto who got silver in the schools and Abbie Brown and Eerik Cockin who won Bronzes. Congratulations to Celeste Savage, Emma Shaw, Anna Merlini, Paige Latham and Abi Barrett who all put in strong performances throughout the day to take top 10 finishes.
Well done to the team for such a fantastic start to the competitive season.
Star took 7 divers to the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield which is one of the most prestigious junior meets of the year. The club had its most successful result in over 40 years of competing bringing home 5 medals with every diver finishing in the top 10 in at least one event.
Alfie Brown was the most successful diver of the competition winning a medal on every board in the boys 11 and under event. He took silver on platform and was less than 3 points from gold on 1m. On 3m Alfie made an astonishing comeback after hitting his feet on the board on his second round dive and scoring 2s to claw his way back up the leaderboard to bronze medal position from 17th.
Lucy Maurer who was one of the least experienced divers in the whole competition having taken up the sport less than two years ago was Star’s second medallist. Diving in the girls 14-15 group she performed brilliantly on 3m nailing her difficult inward 2 ½ somersaults to take the Bronze medal. The next day Lucy went one better producing a fantastic set of dives to take the Silver medal leaving far more experienced competitors in her wake. She finished 8th in the platform event.
Chloe Silvey who was also competing in girls 14-15 has been battling injury for the past few months and did brilliantly to finish in the top 10 on 1m she produced the highest scoring dive of the event with a beautiful inward 1 ½ getting 8s from the judges. Chloe finished 11th on platform and 12th on 3m.
Josh Raine who was competing at his first National Age Groups in the boys 16-18 category came in 5th place on 3m an agonising 1 point away from bronze after a great performance. He took 9th on 1m to round off his events. Hayley Mitchell another diver who has not competed at this level before got two more top 10 places finishing in 9th on 1m and 10th on 3m in the girls 16-18 event.
Lucas Nunez who has been diving for less than a year and a half competed in the boys 12-13 event in a massive field of 30 divers. His best event was 3m where he finished 10th smashing his PB by 25 points after a very consistent performance. On 1m he took 12th this time improving his PB by a massive 30 points and on platform 17th. These high level results so early in his diving career show he is one to watch for the future.
Emma Shaw showed huge improvement from last year in the girls 11 and under competition getting personal bests both boards she finished in 6th on 3m producing a great back dive tuck which scored 7s and 7th on 1m.
Congratulations to all the divers who helped produce the clubs best ever result.
Star had great success at the Albatross interclub in Reading on 22nd June. This is a skills and novice level competition and for some of the divers it was their first time competing outside of the club. A team of 14 divers brought home 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal with at least 1 diver finishing in the top 6 medal positions in every event we entered.
Freya Kelly was competing for the very first time in the girls 7 and under event and dived brilliantly to win her event scoring a 9, the highest score of the day on her back jump tuck from poolside.
In the girl's 8-9 event Star dominated having all 3 of our divers finish in the top 6 medal positions. Tilly Brown won the event, producing a fantastic reverse dive from 3m scoring 7s and 7.5s from the judges, Felicity Cronin was just behind her with 3 of her dives getting 7s and above and finishing with the silver medal. Naomi Townend also impressed taking 4th place only 2 points from Bronze, showing how much her dives have improved lately.
In the boys 8-9 competition Wilfred Johnson was our sole entry. Wilfred had a great competition making use of his new back and reverse dives from 3m one of which he had only learnt the week before the event to bring home a Bronze medal.
Meurig Puerto put in a very consistent performance in the boy's 10-11 event to finish with a medal in 6th, his best dive was his reverse dive from 1m. Leon McHugh finished 4th in the boys 12-13 event a great achievement as he has only been diving since January. Leon showed off his control of his handstands with a brilliant armstand somersault from 5m. Kobe Pringle came 8th in the same event missing the medals by less than 2 points. Kobe produced a beautiful back dive tuck from 1m scoring 7s from all the judges.
There were more medals in the girls 12-13 event. Celeste Savage who has been diving less than a year stormed to victory, taking out far more experienced competitors and putting her new list of dives to good use. Anna Merlini and Hannah Woodford both took medals as well coming 5th and 6th respectively. Olivia Silvey showed a big improvement in her dives to finish 17th out of 40 competitors.
The last divers to compete for Star were Abbie Brown and Hannah Bindschdler in the girl's 14-15 event. Abbie had a great competition producing a fantastic back dive tuck from 3m to win a 6th place medal. Hannah who was competing for only the second time outside the club performed well to come 17th.
Star finished 3rd in the team trophy which was a great achievement we were only 10 points behind the winning team despite them having 50 divers to our 14. A special mention goes to 7 year old Patrick Hanlon who had trained really hard for the competition but was unable to make it on the day due to his car breaking down on the journey there. Congratulations to the divers for another successful meet.
Star took 7 divers to the East Regional Age Groups in Southend on 1st June. This was the divers last chance to qualify for the National Age Groups in July and the final competition before the big event. It was a very long day for the team but well worth it as they came away with a stack of medals winning 4 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronzes.
Alfie Brown had a hugely successful day winning 2 golds and 1 silver medal and getting personal bests on all 3 boards. He was the only diver in the whole competition to score an 8.5 from the judges when he drilled his back dive tuck on 3m. Alfie took golds in the 3m and platform event over 10 points clear of the rest of the field and just missed out on a clean sweep taking silver on 1m.
Lucy Maurer had a great competition also taking 2 golds and 1 silver, building on her success in Southampton 2 weeks before. Lucy was by far the least experienced diver in the girls 14-15 event having only taken up the sport a year and a half ago, but showed her talent by getting gold on 3m and platform making excellent use of her new dive an inward 2 ½ somersaults from 3m. She just dropped her back 1 ½ somersaults pike on 1m to finish in 2nd. Chloe Silvey competed in the same event and came home with a Bronze medal in the 3m board and 4th place on 1m. These were great performances from Chloe who has been battling injury and has been unable to train properly for the past 2 months.
In the Girls 16-18 event Maddy Parker who has not competed at all this year due to the commitments of doing her A levels proved that she is still at the top of her game by winning both the 1m and 3m boards. Hayley Mitchell who was competing in her first ever age group event put on a great performance to take Bronze on 1m and Silver on 3m.
Emma Shaw took home a trio of Bronze medals in the girls 11 and under event after getting PBs on all 3 boards. Emma was the first diver of the event to score an 8 after a brilliant forward dive pike on 3m and was the only girl to score an 8 in the whole competiton.
Lucas Nunez who is also very inexperienced at this level dived in the 12-13 boys and got 7th on 1m and 3m his best dive being his new forward 2 ½ somersaults tuck from 3m. He then really upped his game on platform to take 5th only 9 points away from a medal.
Well done to all the team, everyone made their qualifying points for National Age Groups and after so many medals at regionals we are excited to see how the team perform in Sheffiled in July.
3 divers made the journey to Leeds for the G Star Championships on 17th to 19th of May. This is an extremely high level competition with age group, elite level, junior and senior international and Olympic divers all competing.
Alfie Brown stole the show for Star making finals on all 3 boards in the boys 11 and under event. Alfie had a fantastic competition, he was the only diver in his group to score 8s on his dives in the 1m and 3m events. Alfie came away with 2 silver medals in the 3m and platform competitions with a particularly impressive forward 2 ½ somersaults pike from 5m scoring 54 points and finished 4th in the 1m.
Chloe Silvey and Lucy Maurer both competed in the girls 14-15 event. They dived well in a hugely competive group featuring a large number of elite divers and several junior internationals. Chloe finished 15th on 3m and 17th on 1m and platform and Lucy took 18th on 3m and 21st on 1m.
Congratulations to the divers who are now preparing for the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield in July.
Star had 6 divers competing at the South East Regional Age Group in Southampton on 12th May. We did extremely well bringing home 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals despite 3 of the divers never having competed at this level before.
Josh Raine became double regional champion on 1m and 3m in the boys 16-18 years event. Josh produced some excellent dives scoring the most points on his hardest dive an inward 2 ½ somersaults from 3m. This was the first age group competition Josh has attended since winning National Skills last year and he proved he is more than ready for National Age Groups in July.
Lucy Maurer who has only been diving for a year and a half produced some great dives to take the girls 14-15 platform title beating divers who have been competing at this level since they were 10! Chloe Silvey dived consistently to take Bronze in the same event.
Not to be outshone by the older divers in the team our younger team members competing in the 11 and under event both took medals in their platform events. Alfie Brown got silver making good use of his new forward 2 ½ somersaults pike and Emma Shaw finished with a Bronze in her first ever platform competition.
Lucas Nunez just one week after winning Bronze at the National Skills finals has already moved up to age group level a fantastic achievement especially as he has only been diving just over a year. Lucas competed in the boys 12-13 1m and 3m events finishing 9th and 11th and making the qualifying points for National Age Groups on both boards.
Congratulations to the divers for some brilliant performances in such a high level competition.
On 4th May 17 divers, 3 chaperones and 2 coaches headed down to Plymouth for 3 days for the 2013 National Skills Finals. For all but 5 of the team it was their first National Competition and we achieved some excellent results bringing home a Silver and Bronze medal with 15 out of the 17 divers getting a personal best score.
First up on Sunday was Issy Haward in the girls 10 years event she had a consistant competition to finish 17th with particularly impressive back line ups which attracted scores of 7 and 8 from the judges.
Next we had the boys 12-13 event in which we had 4 competitors Lucas Nunez, Leon McHugh, Kobe Pringle and Lorenzo Carrozzo. Lucas dived fantastically with almost all his dives getting 8s from the judges, he smashed his PB by 46 points and came away with the bronze medal and a score that would have put him in 1st last year. Leon McHugh who transferred from gymnastics to diving only in January had a great meet finishing in 12th place with a personal best. Kobe Pringle another diver who has been training less than a year didn't let his inexperience phase him as he scored 9s on his first dive of the competition and went on the finish 18th, Lorenzo Carrozzo who has only had 2 training sessions in the last 6 weeks also had an excellent event ripping his forward line ups to finish less than a point behind Kobe in 19th. Both boys got personal best scores.
Our final competitor of the day was Eerik Cockin who was our sole entry in the boys 10-11 event. Eerik dived brilliantly at his first National event scoring 9s on two of his dives and showing off his rip entries on his forward line ups disappearing without a splash. He finished in 14th place improving his score from the qualifying event by 32 points.
After a long and successful day of diving, as well as some impressive human pyramid attempts the team had a well deserved pizza express before heading back to the hotel.
It was an early start to Monday's competitions with Abbie Brown starting off the day with the girls 14-16 event. Abbie was one of the youngest and smallest competitors in the event and dived with style to finish in 21st, her inward dive off 1m impressed the judges being rewarded with 8s. Abbie was another diver to achieve a PB in the event.
Next up were the boys 14-16 years where Chris Murray and Ethan Clark were representing Star. Chris despite being one of the younger competitors at 14 had a great event and impressed the judges with the height he got off the boards to gain some fantastic scores and win the Silver medal. Chris improved his PB by an astonishing 60 points! Ethan also dived extremely well in his first national final to get another PB and finish in 20th.
The youngest divers competed next in the boys and girls 8-9 years event. In the Boys competition we had 8 year old Wilfred Johnson who showed huge improvement from the regional event and finished his competition with a classy back dive tuck to score 7s and get him a 6th place medal less than 7 points away from gold. Tilly Brown had a slightly nervous start to the comeptition but made up for it with some awesome line ups on 3m not scoring less than a 7, she finished in 7th just one place from the medals. Felicity Cronin also impressed to finish in 11th, she was the first diver of the event and scored 8s on her first dive. Naomi Townend got a personal best with a brilliant inward dive to finish in 23rd place.
The final event of the day was the girls 12 years where we had 4 competitors 3 of whom have been diving less than a year. Celeste Savage was the top scorer from Star an incredibly high level group she took 13th place with a score that would have put her in 6th last year having got 7s and 8s on nearly every dive. Anna Merini was next finishing in 16th and improving her score from the regional qualifier by over 20 points and finishing her competition with a brilliant back tuck roll which attracted scores of 8.5. Lizzie Hanlon and Hannah Woodford were just one place apart coming 24th and 26th respectively and performing admirably in their first national event.
Congratulations to all the divers in what was such a large and high level event with most competitions fielding between 30 and 40 divers. Huge thanks to our chaperones Trevor Brown, Lottie Johnson and Beth Townend who kept everything running smoothly all weekend and well done to the divers for being such a supportive team.
This year Hannah Allchurch made history becoming Star's first ever diver to compete at Junior Elite level. Junior Elites is the event where Britain's top 12-18 year old divers compete to qualify for the England Talent Program and places on the Junior International Team. Last year's event featured Tom Daley and Hannah Starling and this year Jack Laugher all of whom were 2012 Olympic team members.
Hannah joined the club in 2010 aged 14 which is very late for someone to start if they are to make a top level diver. However with Hannah's fantastic attitude and brilliant work ethic she has beaten the odds and made it to the top level of junior diving within 3 years.
Hannah dived on both the 1m and 3m boards against divers who have been competing at this level since they were 10. She put in a great performance just missing out on the finals finishing 7th on 1m just one place away and 10th on 3m having missed just one dive. To finish so close to the top 6 from where divers have the chance to qualify for England Talent in an event of this high calibre is a brilliant achievement for Hannah's first outing at this level.
Star is one of only a select few 5m clubs competing at Junior Elites and with more divers aiming for this event next year we are going from strength to strength and are proving to be one of the top 5m venues in the country.
Star had great success at the South East Regional Skills on 24th March in Crawley returning with three regional champions having won at least one medal in every event. Of the 18 divers competing 13 had never dived at regional level before and all the divers were under a lot of pressure to gain the qualifying score to attend the National Skills Finals in Plymouth, however the team held their nerve and performed admirably.
We started the day off with a bang with Felicity Cronin and Wilfred Johnson impressing the judges to win regional titles in the 8-9 years event. Naomi Towend competing in the same event came 4th and making her qualifying points for Nationals.
Star had more success in the 10-11 age group Issy Haward and Eerik Cockin both took Bronze medals and Meurig Puerto finished a creditable 5th.
The 12-13 girls had their work cut out for them competing in a huge field of 29 divers. Celeste Savage put in a fantastic performance despite having only starting diving in September to take the Silver medal. Anna Merlini finished in 5th less than 3 points away from bronze, Hannah Woodford came 8th, Lizzie Hanlon 10th and Olivia Silvey finished in 15th.
Lucas Nunez became our third regional champion after a brilliant competition attracting scores of 8.5 from the judges for some of his dives. Kobe Pringle another diver who only took up the sport in September impressed with some really consistent diving scoring 6s and 7s on every dive to get the silver medal. Lorenzo Carrozo finished in 7th and Matt Vlattas in 10th.
In the girls 14-16 event Paige Latham had a rocky start to her competition, however she pulled it back to take the silver medal only two points from gold. Chris Murray was competing for the first time since breaking his leg last year and despite only just returning to training put in a class act get silver. Ethan Clark finished the day on a high with 6th place having made his National qualifying points.
Congratulations to all the divers we look forward to seeing our team perform at the National Finals in Plymouth in May.
Star took a team of 18 divers to the Gavin Brown Love to Dive competition in Southampton. We had a very inexperienced team most of whom have been diving a year or less and we got some fantastic results. We won 3 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze with 14 of the team finishing in the top 6. We also pipped Southampton to the team trophy despite them having 50 more divers than us in their team!
Patrick Hanlon who has only been diving since January did fantastically to take silver in the boys 7 and under event.
Tilly Brown stormed to gold in the girls 8-9 with Felicity Cronin taking the bronze medal. Naomi Townend had a great competition to get 5th and Imogen Ewer finished 7th. In the boys 8-9 years event Wilfred Johnson came 4th, Alex Casemore 7th and Marcus Golden 12th all the divers against these boys were a year older so they performed brilliantly to get these places.
Meurig Puerto took silver in a huge field of 25 divers performing some of the most difficult dives of the day, Eerik Cockin got 7th in the same event. In the girls 12-13 Hannah Woodford had a great competition nailing her inward dive from 3m for 8s and doing her best ever forward 1 ½ somersaults to take silver. Lizzie Hanlon had a great first competition to finish 5th.
We had 3 boys competing in the 12-13 event all of whom are very new to diving. Matt Vlattas dived brilliantly to take the silver medal, Leon McHugh got 5th despite nearly missing his competition and having no training and Kobe Pringle came 6th.
In the girls 14-18 event Abbie Brown was not to be outdone by her sister Tilly and won the group and Abi Barrett came 5th with some great dives. Ethan Clark took our last medal winnng the boys 14-18 competition with some very consistent diving.
Congratulations to the team who will now work on earning their qualifying points to attend the National Skills Finals.
Star took 5 divers down to Plymouth in February half term for the Armada Cup at Tom Daley's home pool in Plymouth. This is an exceptionally high calibre meet featuring age group, elite and international divers. The team made 5 finals between them and came home with a Bronze medal.
Alfie Brown was the most successful diver of the event qualifying in 1st in the 3m springboard with a PB he dropped down to 3rd after just missing his last dive in the final. He qualified in 2nd on platform competing the extremely difficult inward 2 ½ somersaults from 5m he nailed his forward 2 ½ in the finals but just went over on his reverse 1 ½ to finish in 4th with a score that would have won last years event. Alfie also finished in 8th on 1m just 3 points away from the finals.
Hannah Allchurch had a successful event making finals in the girls 16 plus 3m and platform, she qualified in 2nd on 3m and then dropped to 6th in the finals and finished 4th in platform just a few points behind 3 international divers. Hannah also took 8th on 1m.
Chloe Silvey who battled injury and illness last year to miss out most of the major events, showed her potential making the 1m final in the girls 14-15 event. Chloe dived brilliantly in the final to finish in 6th against international divers having beaten several junior elite divers. She finished 11th on platform and 15th on 3m. Lucy Maurer took 12th on 1m and 14th on 3m and platform in the same event.
Lucas Nunez who joined the club less than a year ago performed well in an extremely tough and more experienced group. He was competing in the 12-13 age group and finished 15th on 3m, 18th on 3m and 20th on 1m.
We also competed in the synchro events, a first for the club seeing as we don't have any schnyro boards to train on! The Chloe and Lucy finished 7th and Alfie and Lucas 4th.
Well done to the divers on a very successful start to the year.
Star dominated the Surrey 1m Age Groups and Championships which was held on 9th February at our home pool Guildford Spectrum. We won 10 out of the 12 events that took place and came back with 10 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals. We destroyed the opposition for the Jimmy Aldrous Trophy which is awarded to the top club in Surrey winning it with 192 points to 40 from our nearest rivals Merton.
In the Girls 8-9 catagory we had a clean sweep of medals with Tilly Brown winning gold, Felicity Cronin silver and Naomi Townend Bronze. Wilfred Johnson won the boys 8-9 group over 50 points ahead of second place.
Alfie Brown had a fantastic competition scoring 8s and 9s on his dives to win the boys 10-11 event with 181 points for 4 dives an astonishing 74 points ahead of the diver in second. Meurig Puerto finished in 4th less than 2 points from bronze and Eerik Cokin came 5th. Emma Shaw had a great competition to win the girls 10-11 event with Issy Haward taking bronze and Annie May Jazeel 4th.
We had another clean sweep in the girls 12-13 competition with Anna Merlini winning the gold medal, Celeste Savage had a fantastic first competition to take silver and Erin Mitchell got bronze. Olivia Silvey and Hannah Woodford finished 4th and 5th respectively. In the boys 12-13 Lucas Nunez won the event putting his new list of dives to great use. Lorenzo Carrozzo also had a great competition to take the silver.
In the Girls 14-15 catagory we once again won all the medals Chloe Silvey put in a fine performance to get Gold, Lucy Maurer who was competiting 4 new dives came second and Paige Latham took bronze. Abbie Brown was only 3 points behind Paige in 4th and Abi Barrett finished 7th in her first competition beating some far more expirenced divers. Ethan Clark got silver in the boys 14-15 event.
Hannah Allchurch won the girls 16-18 event making good use of her new forward 2 ½ somersaults pike, Maddy Parker took silver and Hayley Mitchell Bronze.
In the Mens Championships Alfie Brown won gold despite being the youngest competitor at only 10 years old, Lucas Nunez took Silver and Ethan Clark Bronze. Hannah Allchurch added another gold medal to her tally by winning the Ladies Championships and Lucy Maurer turned the tables on Chloe Silvey to take silver to Chloe's bronze.
Congratulations to all the divers what a way to start 2013.